Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013
By Christian Eedes, 11 November 2014
That raing Pinot Noit is always going to be particularly contentious is evidence by the fact that Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate gave Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2013 94 points while Tim Atkin MW gave it 88.
What to make of the 2013 from Elgin producer Winters Drift? When I reviewed it in May for the first time, I described it as “immensely likeable but not particularly intricate” and gave it 85 points. It subsequently won a double gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards but rates a relatively modest 3½ Stars in Platter’s 2015.
Looking at it again, I’m inclined to think 85 was a bit harsh. Red fruit, musk and fynbos. Medium bodied and well balanced with fresh acidity and soft tannins, the finish gently savoury. It sells for approximately R120 a bottle which makes it pretty good value for money.